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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Sarah Moncelle ’14
    her well prepared for her career she said The opportunities I had to conduct original research and present at academic and professional conferences in particular helped me build an early network of professional contacts while readying me to conduct professional research after college The research that she presented at academic conferences focused on applied geospatial technologies and how they served various social movements While serving as a research assistant in the Department of Geography and Planning Moncelle also worked as a field organizer and as an instructor at a residential alternative high school for young men recovering from substance addiction Since joining SCSJ Moncelle has designed and launched the Election Collection a community based data collection initiative centered on a custom made location based mobile application which helped track voting irregularities in the 2014 General Election She is also a member of the voting rights and criminal justice teams where she develops original projects that support each program s initiatives and links the group s efforts What advice does she have for students interested in this degree I strongly encourage freshmen interested in pursuing a geography major to get involved with the departmental clubs and societies Introduce yourself to a faculty member take the opportunity to chat with them during office hours to learn more about topics that interest you both Moncelle said My relationships with faculty mentors were instrumental in helping find my niche in the world and finding the confidence to own my space within it I remain in contact with several faculty members in addition to many of my tightly knit geography cohort Apply Visit Info Program Geography BS General Geography Geography BS General Geography provides students with a broad understanding of geography the science of place and space in a strong liberal arts context It requires

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/sarah-moncelle (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Stephanie Smith ’07 ’10
    Appalachian prepare you for your career after graduation My time at Appalachian taught me how to be a self directed creative driven and independent thinker In the geography program I learned how to think critically about any question and how to use the industry tools to answer those questions All are 100 percent necessary in my profession and the conservation field What do you do in your role at the Grand Canyon Trust As the global information systems program manager for the Grand Canyon Trust I oversee all the Geographic Information Systems GIS operations for the Trust s conservation and environmental advocacy programs and apply a vision of how GIS can advance conservation on the Colorado Plateau This includes spatial analyses web mapping development and server implementation I am also the chief cartographer for our bi annual publication The Colorado Plateau Advocate and all web and print media What advice would you give to freshmen who are thinking about pursuing an undergraduate degree in geography Go for it and take advantage of the diversity of classes and independent study opportunities In a discipline that intersects all sciences you will be exposed to a much broader study that will give you tools that you will use throughout life no matter what career path you choose Stephanie Smith 07 10 is the global information systems program manager for Grand Canyon Trust in Arizona Apply Visit Info Program Geography BS General Geography Geography BS General Geography provides students with a broad understanding of geography the science of place and space in a strong liberal arts context It requires ancillary courses to complete a concentration of one s choosing Department Department of Geography and Planning The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/stephanie-smith (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Garret Shields ’09
    that role allows me the opportunity to work with various emerging technologies such as LiDAR unmanned systems computing technology etc researching to determine how they impact and improve our work and that of our clients Shields said that after he took numerous geography classes and spent time in the labs at Appalachian GIS seemed like a perfect fit for his interests He said that the exercises and analyses that he performed in his undergraduate classes are practices that he uses almost every day in his professional career The Department of Geography and Planning also does a wonderful job preparing its students for life outside of the classroom by helping out with résumé building and job interviewing skills He said that that his professors were very open and supportive and that he maintains contact with several of them to this day What advice would you give to freshmen interested in seeking this degree I would gladly encourage anyone thinking about pursuing a geography degree to do so The field of geography offers people the chance to immerse themselves in both the physical natural and cultural sciences and explore how they are all interconnected Shields said Geography is a field that anyone can enjoy by itself but also pairs wonderfully with other studies as well and has great career opportunities after college The exercises and analyses he performed as an undergraduate are practices that he uses almost every day in his professional career Shields says Apply Visit Info Program Geography BS Geographic Information Systems The Geography BS Geographic Information Systems degree develops basic geographic principles as well as specific knowledge related to Geographic Information Systems which is an exceedingly employable skill in the growing geography job market Department Department of Geography and Planning The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/garret-shields (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce
    me she said Liutkus Pierce a self described classical sedimentologist studies sediments that are deposited in a range of different environments In the process she attempts to answer many questions What did the past environment look like Is the current environment the result of deposits from a river or a beach What forces in other words put these pieces together in the way they re currently arranged More specifically Liutkus Pierce has conducted research with a variety of aims She has studied plant casts in the western United States She has reconstructed rift basin systems in the U S and East Africa And she s reconstructed environments of early human ancestors in Tanzania and Namibia I use all this stuff in the classroom as well she said I ll tell them about what I do in my lab and research so they see some real world applications for it Many undergraduates at Appalachian have aided Liutkus Pierce in her research The main reason that they have this opportunity is that Appalachian s Department of Geology serves undergraduate students only there are no graduate students Many of Liutkus Pierce s students have gone on to graduate school Others have secured positions at environmental consulting firms mineral exploration companies oil companies and museums Meet more faculty Dr Cynthia Liutkus Pierce has studied plant casts in the U S reconstructed rift basin systems in the U S and East Africa and reconstructed environments of early human ancestors in Tanzania and Namibia Apply Visit Info Program Geology BA The Geology BA degree prepares students to understand diverse topics such as evolution and plate tectonics sedimentation and sea level change water resources and groundwater contamination and much more Department Department of Geology Western North Carolina is the perfect setting to study geology and Appalachian s

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/cynthia-liutkus-pierce (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Jonathan Gerst ’05
    University has the perfect geographic geologic setting to learn about geology with ample outdoor recreational opportunities to help facilitate an excellent student work life balance added Gerst who received his Geology BA degree in 2005 and later his master s degree from Virginia Tech His professors in the Department of Geology used to tell him the best geologist is the one that sees the most rocks Reflecting on his education Gerst said I think I had a much better head start on my geology career because of ASU s geographic geologic setting I attended graduate school at Virginia Tech for a M Sc in hydrogeology and I ve worked with students from several institutions throughout my career but I can confidently say that the Appalachian student experience is truly an unparalleled high quality experience Gerst has worked for domestic and international clients in the public and private sectors and is passionate about solving the world s water problems As a Peace Corps volunteer in water scarce Morocco he assisted with a U S grant supported wastewater treatment plant irrigation and sewage system project While an Appalachian student Gerst said he benefitted from the Department of Geology s awesome geology museum as well as opportunities for undergraduate research alongside Dr Ellen Cowan on her Hubbard Glacier research and Dr Bill Anderson on his Cape Hatteras research He was a resident of Appalachian s Watauga Global Community now called Watauga Residential College Apply Visit Info Program Geology BA The Geology BA degree prepares students to understand diverse topics such as evolution and plate tectonics sedimentation and sea level change water resources and groundwater contamination and much more Department Department of Geology Western North Carolina is the perfect setting to study geology and Appalachian s Department of Geology offers these degrees Geology BA

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jonathan-gerst (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Sonia K. Sanchez Lohff ’14
    southern Alaska investigating sediments to learn how varying subduction styles have affected that region since Jurassic times This is all pretty heady stuff but Sanchez Lohff said she feels that Appalachian has prepared her well It was a great experience with the department she said referring to everything from her classes to her thesis and independent project We don t have a graduate program in Geology at Appalachian That gives us a lot of opportunities to do research which I m really grateful for and helped me a lot The professors were very supportive At Appalachian Sanchez Lohff played soccer on scholarship And the Department of Geology gave her research grants as well enabling her for example to attend a conference on paleontology In July 2013 she realized how competitive Appalachian was making her for advanced work in geology when she did field work in a program organized by Cornell University The field work which lasted a few weeks entailed geologic mapping in Argentina Students from several schools participated I didn t feel underprepared compared to all these Ivy League students she said I had enough background in certain topics in addition to fieldwork to 1 learn a lot and 2 keep up with everything Sonia K Sanchez Lohff is studying the thermal history of rocks and minerals as a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati Apply Visit Info Program Geology BS The Geology BS degree prepares students to understand diverse topics such as evolution and plate tectonics sedimentation and sea level change water resources and groundwater contamination and much more Department Department of Geology Western North Carolina is the perfect setting to study geology and Appalachian s Department of Geology offers these degrees Geology BA Geology BS Geology Environmental Geology BS Geology Quantitative Geoscience BS Geology Paleontology BS

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/sonia-sanchez-lohff (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Jonathan Mitchell ’10
    credits Appalachian with much of the success he s attained so far The classes were vital he said They gave me all the background I needed The most important thing was that my professors especially Andy Heckert gave me a lot of research opportunities I was able to try out a lot of different fields and projects I could settle on things that I really enjoyed and was interested in Mitchell found that when he started graduate school he had a very clear idea of the kind of research he wanted to do At Appalachian he had studied micro fossil bone beds in and around the remnants of a pond that existed just outside of Raleigh North Carolina about 220 million years ago The pond s fossils were below what is now a brick quarry discovered after red clay like sediment for bricks was dug out He remembers scouring rubble for such items as tiny fish teeth leg bones of lizards and jaws of minnows The work at the site taught Mitchell statistical techniques that he applied to the study of bird fossils at the University of Chicago He said he also wrote his first scientific papers while he was still at Appalachian which gave him a great head start for the University of Chicago as well Jonathan Mitchell pictured as a senior in 2010 He was a student in Appalachian s Heltzer Honors Program now called The Honors College Apply Visit Info Program Geology BS Paleontology The Geology Paleontology BS degree at Appalachian State University is ideal for those who want to pursue earth history evolution research or advanced degrees in paleontology Department Department of Geology Western North Carolina is the perfect setting to study geology and Appalachian s Department of Geology offers these degrees Geology BA Geology BS

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jonathan-mitchell (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Laura Mallard
    working with her students because many come from North Carolina and are already familiar with a rich geology that includes mountains beaches and coastal plains So when landslides and flooding occur it s good to be able to use North Carolina as an example she said Mallard serves as the geology department s liaison with the Reich College of Education and she advises students in the Geology BS Secondary Education degree program Her students become licensed to teach both earth science and comprehensive science in middle schools and high schools and most begin teaching right after graduation They keep up with what Mallard describes as a changing knowledge base Mallard s research focuses on geology in education which benefits her students as they enter the workforce Our students never have a problem getting a job Mallard said It s usually in a region where they want to be Meet more faculty Laura Mallard advises students in the Geology BS Secondary Education degree program and serves as the geology department s liaison with the Reich College of Education Apply Visit Info Program Geology BS Secondary Education The Geology Secondary Education BS degree prepares students to become earth science and comprehensive science

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/laura-mallard (2016-02-17)
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